Madame Tussauds, is a wax Museum in London and other major cities in the world. It’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in London and features life size statues of famous and at times controversial people from all over the world. Every statue is made after taking 250 precise measurements and photographs, 2,400 lbs of wax is used and each figurine cost around $45,000. The resulting statue is so life like people have often misinterpreted as the real thing.
All the statues are made by hand, each one taking more than 6 months and the tedious processes each wax statues go through makes it impossible to be replicated. So when a Japanese company wanted to make a life size statue of Cristiano Ronaldo they were in dilemma to either use the age old Wax modelling techniques or the modern day 3D printing techniques. The Company decided to use the later and even according to the football superstar, the clone is “perfect”.
To create the life size clone of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Japanese company hired a Hollywood studio which scanned him with a 3d scanning rig. The rig was equipped with hundreds of cameras to capture exact details and vitals of the footballer. And just like we see the 3D printed selfies we have seen, the scanned file was then used to 3d print the life size statue. It is notable that there are no 3D printers that can accomplish this large scale color printing, so either the print was done in parts and then joined or the whole statue was made out of silicon. The media is speculating but the creators seem to keeping the cards close to their chest.
The statue is made as a promotion gimmick for a Japanese electric muscle stimulator called Sixpad Body Revolution. Cristiano Ronaldo may have spent thousands of hours sweating it out in the gym but the statue gives hope to people who want to get a toner body by just doing nothing. We would leave it up to you to decide if this 3d printed Statue is being used as an unethical advertisement tactics or otherwise. We are just happy to see the 3D printing technology being used in areas where nobody would have predicted just a few years ago.